|Using the 'Test send' function|
|Test send limits|
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Test sends are an essential part of verifying your campaign. This is so that you can check how your email will appear in your own inbox, as well as allowing you to share it with colleagues for proofreading and sanity checking ahead of a full send.
If possible, try to add different ISP and email providers to your test address book such as Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.
Test sends are free. The test send function can only be used for testing your campaign – not for sending it.
The test send function is initiated by clicking on the Test send button available in various places within the system.
The easiest to find is probably the one in the main EasyEditor toolbar.
It can also be accessed by clicking on step 3, Test, in the top right-hand corner where the five campaign creation steps are positioned.
Click on Choose contacts in the 'Send to your test contacts' section.
The 'Test send' side panel slides in and you'll first be asked to select whether you want to send both HTML and plain text versions, or the HTML, or the plain text version, only.
If the campaign is a split test, you'll also be able to select which version to send.
To add a new email address to your 'Test' address book, click on New test address and fill in the details.
Please note: you can't add suppressed contacts to your test address book. If you see the 'Errors found' message when trying to add a new address, this is likely to be the reason why.
Click on Select test address to choose contacts to send to (hold Ctrl to select multiple addresses). You can also search for them by their email address and name.
Once you've made your selections, click on Test send to confirm the send.
After sending, you can check the mailbox(es) for the email address(es) you selected - and verify that your campaign appears as intended.
There are some limitations and restrictions when it comes to test sends. These are:
- a maximum of 200 email addresses are allowed in your test address book
- a maximum of 200 test sends are allowed in an hourly period
- tracking isn't enabled for test sends
- a placeholder is displayed if your campaign contains external dynamic content
We also offer an 'Inbox and spam filter test' feature for enhanced testing. This is available when moving on to, or selecting, step 3, Test, in the campaign creation process.
Ordering an inbox test enables you to preview your campaign in numerous ISPs without having to set up lots of different email addresses. An inbox test is chargeable, so please contact us for further details.